Review for smartphone BQ’s Magic: a dissenting opinion
In the spring we talked about BQ-6040L Magic, which was offered in the segment of “up to 10 thousand rubles” dual camera in conjunction with artificial intelligence and the NFC module. BQ-5731L Magic’s decided to take a step further: not deprived of the essential characters, it has a screen with Full HD resolution (ordinary Magic was HD), 3 GB of RAM, front camera of 16 megapixels and the main highlight of a fresh model — the case with gradient color.
It is very beautiful colors
|BQ-5731L Magic S||BQ-6040L Magic||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||Huawei Y6||8A Honor|
|Display||5.84 inch, IPS, 2280 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.09 inch, IPS, 1560 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.3 inch IPS, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 409 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.09 inch, IPS, 1560 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||6.09 inch, IPS, 1560 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi capacitive, multi-touch|
|Safety glass||No information||No information||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||No information||No information|
|Processor||UNISOC SC9863A: eight cores ARM Cortex-A55 (4 × 1.6 GHz + 4 × 1.2 GHz)||UNISOC SC9863A: eight cores ARM Cortex-A55 (4 × 1.6 GHz + 4 × 1.2 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660: eight cores Kryo 260 processor 2.2 GHz||Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (8 × 2.0 GHz)||Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 2.3 GHz + 4 × 1.8 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||PowerVR GE8322 (IMG8322)||PowerVR GE8322 (IMG8322)||Adreno 512, 850 MHz||PowerVR GE8320||PowerVR GE8320|
|RAM||3 GB||2 GB||3/4 GB||2 GB||3 GB|
|Flash memory||32 GB||32 GB||32/64/128 GB||32 GB||32/64 GB|
|Connectors||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm|
|Slot for memory card||There||There||There||There||There|
|SIM card||2 x nano-SIM + microSD card (separate)||2 x nano-SIM + microSD card (separate)||2 x nano-SIM||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||WCDMA 900/2100 MHz||WCDMA 900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 38||LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 20||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 40|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz/5GHz||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||Double module: 16 MP, ƒ/2.0 + 0.3 MP, autofocus, led flash||Double module: 13 MP, ƒ/2.0 + 2 MP, autofocus, led flash||Double module: 48 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 5 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||13 MP, ƒ/1.8, autofocus, led flash||13 MP, ƒ/1.8, autofocus, led flash|
|Front camera||16 MP, ƒ/1,9, without autofocus, no flash||5 MP, ƒ/1,9, without autofocus, no flash||13 MP, without autofocus, no flash||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, no auto focus, with flash||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 13,87 W·h (3650 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,28 W·h (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,28 W·h (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,47 W·h (3020 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,47 W·h (3020 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||148,8 × 71,9 × 9.2 mm||156 × 73,3 × 8.7 mm||159,2 × 75,2 × 8.1 mm||156,3 × 73,5 × 8 mm||156,3 × 73,5 × 8 mm|
|Weight||155 g||161 g||186 g||150 g||150 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie shell MIUI||Android 9.0 Pie shell EMUI||Android 9.0 Pie shell EMUI|
|Current price||8 490 rubles||7 990 rubles||11 990 rubles for the version 3/32 GB, 12 500 rubles for the version 4/64 GB , 11 290 rubles for the version 6/64 GB||7 990 rubles||8 390 rubles|
Design, software and ergonomics
BQ-5731L Magic S (hereinafter simply Magic BQ’s) — no kidding, beautiful smartphone. For those of course who love flashy, bright beauty. He got stretched on the entire front panel screen with a relatively small (but still noticeable): the percentage of occupied surface manufacturer this time decided not to point, but there is clearly at least 85 %. Sought in this BQ in the usual ways — format 19,5:9 and the cutout in the upper part, where the hidden front facing camera, earpiece and light sensor.
The main charm of the smartphone attached to the back. It is made of glossy translucent plastic with gradient color, which at a distance it is easy to confuse with the glass. BQ’s Magic is offered in three color options: dark blue, wine red and “UV”.
We were just the smartphone in “ultraviolet” with transitions from deep blue to purple. Looks great.
Face painted to match hull and are made of the same plastic without any “streak” antennas plastic allows them not to bother.
The smartphone is quite compact — relatively small screen size combined with a framework gives you the ability at a certain skill to use Magic S with one hand. But it’s pretty thick gadget is 9.2 mm. All the same while reducing the width and height had to install a slightly thicker battery. On experience with a smartphone that’s not especially true, he is quite comfortable.
Functional elements are all in place: hardware keys (power on and volume control) on the right side, a slot for SIM-cards and memory card on the left, microUSB port (after all, we’re talking about a budget smartphone), main speaker — on the bottom. There are mini-Jack and can be found at the top.
A rather plump body allowed him to hide in a dual rear camera for almost everything, it module barely protrudes above the seat back looks neat.
The fingerprint scanner located on its traditional place — at the center of the rear panel. He shifted slightly up, clearly under the index finger of the left or right hand — depending on what you are used to be controlled with a smartphone. This capacitive sensor, it works quickly and with a minimum percentage of marriage. To scan prints, you can add a system of user identification using the recognition on his face — for this the front camera is used without additional sensors, so I recommend this method as extra, rather than a single. Around it easier than the fingerprint scanner.
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image (17) BQ Magic S runs on Android operating system 9 Pie without any shell. Minimal changes BQ introduced — in particular, the usual abundance of preinstalled software, including the Russian (say Hello to the state Duma). If desired, all except the key can be removed.
Display and sound
In BQ Magic includes LCD display with IPS-matrix diagonal of 5.84 inch and a resolution of 2280 × 1080 (Full HD+). The aspect ratio is 19.5:9. That is, when a smaller diagonal than the BQ-6040L Magic, there is more resolution. It is logical that the pixel density is very high, 432 ppi, this is the level of other flagship smartphones. The picture is smooth, fonts without pixelation.
The display, as expected, has a layered structure: a polarizing layer, the protective glass with a good oleophobic coating, touch coating, which supports multi-touch gestures by recognizing up to five simultaneous touches.
The measured brightness level of the display BQ Magic S – 415 CD/m2. Despite the polarizing layer, the readability of pictures in the sun is not very good. To see the text, but the photos or video difficult to watch. The smartphone has a light sensor, that is, to control the brightness of the Magic’s of their own — and he does it quite well. The contrast level is also medium – 1134:1.
Display BQ Magic’s customizable enough details: there is how the ability to activate night mode or adjusting fonts, and manual color adjustment. Available self-adjusting color temperature and the option to choose either automatic configuration of the color (the smartphone comes from ambient lighting conditions), or one of the two fixed presets — “increased contrast” and “standard”. I tested the BQ screen Magic S with automatic installation colour rendition and “enhanced contrast”. Testing, as usual, was held in a room with dim incandescent light.
In automatic mode, the display BQ’s Magic behaves interestingly. Immediately noticeable — and is marked by a colorimeter — extended color gamut. Gamut close to the standard DCI-P3. The temperature is almost not increased — is kept at 6 500-7 500 K with a median of 7 000 K. the gamma But with much left up to 2.51 when standard is 2.2, and the curves reach peaks not only on light colors. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (grayscale + wide array of color shades) amounts to 4.56 at a rate of 3.00. In combination with the extended color space is this good.
In the “increased contrast” the screen behaves in a similar way, but the picture becomes much colder. Gamma is even higher — of 2.56, the color gamut is the same (close to DCI-P3), but the color temperature rises up to 8 000-9 500 K. the Average deviation of DeltaE palette Color Checker is of 8.02, which is very far from the norm. It is better to use BQ’s Magic with the default automatic adjustment of color or with a “standard” preset.
At BQ Magic’s all as it should be — a mini-Jack with a decent enough sound system that allows you to count on normal sound with wired headphones. But profile transfer high quality signal without wires (Bluetooth or aptX LDAC) no. Speaker monaural, located on right place – on the bottom, so that it does not overlap with your finger for any grip. It sounds loud, but not capable of delivering serious quality.